I think most of you know that I’ve been working on cleaning up my house and getting rid of a lot of junk I’ve accumulated over the years. I’ve gotten a lot of closets and cupboards cleaned out and I feel pretty good about it. I have a LOT of kitchen cupboards. I am very surprised at the amount of them in this farmhouse. Where most people wouldn’t have put them, these people did and they go all the way up to the ceiling. It would have been wasted space so it was smart on their part. I opened one of them up and it was packed FULL of cook books and an old cooking recipe box that I got in the early 80’s. I got the box and each month I’d get a new pack of recipes with a variety of different dishes and categories.
So, no big deal right? When I opened that old yellow box I saw a bunch of “stuff” in the front of the box.
Upon closer examination, I discovered a whole bunch of recipes that I’d been looking for ever since we moved here. I just thought I lost them. I came upon this one and was so excited I started jumping up and down. I think Paul thought at that moment that I either lost my mind or won the lottery. The instant I saw this card, I knew I found it. I KNEW AS SOON AS I SAW IT WHAT IT WAS.
What I found was this recipe. It IS SO GOOD and I’ve been trying to find it for years. But over time, I’d forgotten what was even in it so it was hard to look. All I could remember was the “sauce” and it had chicken in it with cut up bread cubes on top. I can even see the casserole dish I used to make it in. Come to think of it, I lost that too!!! Anyway, I found this recipe and I made it right away. I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture of it. Sorry. But everyone that had it, loved it. Here is the recipe. It’s called Chicken Divan.
2 Pkgs frozen broccoli or 3-4 fresh stalks
5-6 Chicken breasts
1 Can cream of chicken
½ Cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp lemon juice
½ Cup swiss cheese
1 Cup bread cut into cubes
2 Tbsp melted butter
In round baking dish, put cooked broccoli on bottom (I just steamed it for a few minutes). Cooked chicken cut into pieces on top of broccoli. Mix together soup, mayo and lemon juice and pour over chicken. Then top with swiss cheese, then bread and brush melted butter over bread cubes. Bake at 325 for one hour covered. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes to brown bread crumbs.
I did double the soup, mayo and lemon juice mixture. I like it “moister.”
What else is so comforting to me is “why” this woman, who I’ve tried to look for through the years as they moved was, it was one of the hardest times of our lives. Jason’s appendix had ruptured when he was 7 on Christmas Eve Day and this woman helped me a lot with taking care of Toby and cooking for us after we were spending the days in the hospital. He was in there for 21 days. I think what this means to me is it’s a “comfort” thing. I felt loved and thought about by a friend and neighbor.
This is what I’d like to know. Have you ever lost something that you thought you’d never find again and then found it? I’ve lost things over the years that I’ve never found again and every now and then I think about them but it was such a treat to find something just once that I never thought I’d see again.